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Mohammad Reza Pahlavi Marries Sorayya

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February, 12, 1951 A.D.:
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi Marries Sorayya

By: Mir M.Hosseini

Mohammad Reza Shah made his second marriage at the age of 32 with an 18 year old girl named Sorayya Esfandiari. Sorayya was born on June, 22, 1932 from an Iranian father and a German mother in Isfahan. Her entrance to the royal family coincided with Nationalization of Oil and a coup d'état after which Shah could return to Iran. Like Shah's first wife, Sorayya could not give birth to a child and solve the long standing crown prince issue. In 1958 Sorayya went to Switzerland and finalized a divorce on March, 14 same year. Then she pursued her dream of becoming an actress and played in a movie called "Les trois visages d'une femme". Her autobiographies still sell well in Iranian bookstores. Sorayya died on Oct, 26, 2001 in Paris at the age of 69.

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